One thing about being the Ancestry Guru on WordPress is how it leaves me perfectly positioned to comment on the emergence of a Retro Future art movement on the internet. Anyone who uses Twitter and subscribes to artists’ feeds is probably aware of how big the hashtag has become… And it just seems to be getting more and more popular in that medium. Do you know what Retro Future even means? Its art that depicts yesterday’s vision of tomorrow. Clicking #retrofuture on Twitter will transport users to a thought-sphere of Retro Future art.
OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS at Galleries in Toronto. Retro Future is red hot right now,
Hashtag Gallery at 801 Dundas St W in Toronto is hosting a Retro Future Art Show scheduled to start at 7pm on Thursday July 3rd 2014. Artists are invited to submit work in this theme that they wish to sell. No painting will be sold for more than $300 – with the single exception being the Best in Show, which is the name of the game. The show is curated by Graeme Luey, and seeks golden age sci fi glimpses of yesterday’s perception of the future. There’s also particular quest to find a piece that will ideologically ennoble a cozy meeting room inside a boutique advertising agency in a historic part of the city.
This piece above is from Toronto artist Ruth Wilgress and celebrates her vision of the future.
Retro Future is an emerging term used to applaud the more technologically primitive artist of the past’s vision of the future. And it celebrates highly stylized art over accurate predictions. The Jetsons would indeed be considered Retro Future, although probably the most pedestrian example of what are so many brilliant examples found on Twiiter or Flickr or PhotoBucket these days, or by doing a Google Image Search for Retro Future Art.